Steve Prefontaine, seen by some as the United States' finest distance runner, has openly criticized the support his country gives its athletes in international competitions.
Steve Prefontaine, seen by some as the United States' finest distance runner, has openly criticized the support his country gives its athletes in international competitions. Talking to TVN reporter Larry Doyle during a recent indoor athletics meeting, Prefontaine claimed that whole athletes in most major countries were receiving active support, from training facilities to sponsorship. there was a "laissez-faire" attitude towards American athletes.
The holder of the indoor two-mile record said "hard work" and some "changes for the better" were necessary to make the United States a leading force in world athletics once again.
The Olympic Games and the Olympics Committee came under fire from Prefontaine, who was a competitor in the 5,000 metres in Munich. He hopes some changes and standardization of rule will be made, and might consider computing in the 1976 Games, if the present situation is altered.
Looking to the future, Prefontaine may turn to professional athletics but at present he does not think the rewards are great enough. There's also the possibility that he might retire. Right now, Steve Prefontaine says he is taking life as it comes, and having a good time.
A Consistent sub-four minuts miler, Prefontaine holds the U.S. Indoor two-mile record and is an Olympic veteran. But the Olympics were not for Prefontaine. The struggle and the horror at munich, Prefontaine finished fourth in the five-thousand metres, and then took time off from running. Back now, Prefontains remembers Munich vividly, and is highly critical of the Olympic Games and the Olympic committee.